"Age of Extinction" Smash & Change Silver Knight Optimus Prime

in 2014, Action Figure Review, Age of Extinction, Autobot, Flip & Change, Target Exclusive

Age of Extinction

Optimus Prime General Information:
Release Date: Q2 2014
Price Point: $19.99
Retailer: Target Exclusive
Accessories: Sword of Judgememt

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*Images and text in italics below are from Target.com:
The Transformers are back, and they convert faster than ever for incredible adventures! Your Silver Knight Optimus Prime figure has robot and semi truck modes like always. In robot mode, he's armed with a mighty sword and shield! Whichever mode he's in, he converts in a flash to the other mode when you smash him! Smash and change in the ultimate Transformers combat with your Silver Knight Optimus Prime figure! Transformers and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro. Includes figure. 2-in-1 Silver Knight Optimus Prime figure Figure converts from robot mode to semi truck mode and back Sword and shield in robot mode Smash and change from one mode to the other. Ages 5 and up

As part of its drive to appeal to different segments of the toy buying audience, Hasbro has introduced different sub-lines of "Transformers" figures for the "Age of Extinction" toy line. One of these are the "Smash and Change" Transformers, a set of figures that are centered around a type of action that transforms the figure quickly. One of the first figures in this sub-line was "Smash & Change" Optimus Prime. When the time came to create a set of exclusive figures for Target, the "Smash & Change" Optimus Prime toy was given a new deco and released as a Smash & Change version of "Silver Knight" Optimus Prime. Check out the "Smash & Change" Optimus Prime toy review for details on the sculpt. This review will focus on the changes made to the toy for this release.

It's worth noting that older collectors who want complicated figures are not the target audience for this class of figures. It's really aimed at kids who want a larger toy that transforms quickly.

As part of a campaign to promote "Age of Extinction", Target carried several exclusive figures. A couple of these featured redecos of Optimus Prime as a "Silver Knight" or "Shining Knight", a concept based on concept art for the movie where Optimus is shown mostly in silver colors.

Robot Mode:
Silver Knight Optimus Prime is cast in silver and black plastic. The silver replaces most of the blue on the first version of this figure. The black is used for the wheels. The paint applications are not only different colors than the original version but the deco pattern is also different. As you'd expect, silver paint is used heavily on the figure. You'll find it on the chest panels and the head. Gunmetal grey is used on the forearms and the middle section of the chest. Optimus' classic blue and red colors show here as well. Blue paint is used on the lower legs and knee armor (where the blue is set in flame like designs). Blue is also found on the panels that serve as hip armor. Finally his eyes are painted light blue. It's a strong deco and I appreciate how much paint is used on a this store exclusive redeco.

The arm joints on this figure are nice and tight. The silver "Sword of Judgement" fits perfectly into either fist. It sits at an angle which is good given the limited articulation of the arms. If you purchased the "First Edition" Optimus Prime, you can use the shield that was included with that figure on this one. The peg on that shield can attach to the holes in the forearms.

Transformation to Vehicle Mode:

  1. Pull the sword out from the hand and set it side for now.
  2. Straighten out each arm.
  3. Hold the figure by the "handle" on the back and push it down on a flat surface.
  4. The shoulder armor will fold up and the legs will compress, you'll feel a click that locks the figure into vehicle mode.
  5. The sword can be attached to one of the holes on the right side of the cab.

The transformation gimmick is definitely a unique and fun one. I admit to enjoying going back and forth between the two modes, and this is where most of the play value of the figure comes in. The mechanism works really nicely and I didn't have any problems with the parts locking in place over multiple transformations.

Vehicle Mode:
Silver plastic pretty much makes up the entire vehicle mode except for the wheels which are cast in black. The main paint details are black and red. Black is used for the windows and red is used for a flame pattern that starts on the nose of the truck all the way to the wind vane. Much to the credit of the designers, the flame pattern is different than the one used on the first version of this figure.

The "handle" section on the back of the truck has a hole on top that allows you to attach the shield from "First Edition" Optimus Prime. In retrospect, looking at the figure it's cool to see the design of this "handle" section is based on the shield that Prime used in the movie.

Final Thoughts:
This is a fun figure and the sculpt is nicely done. It's not going to be everyone's cup of tea. It's a toy that very much relies on one gimmick and if you're not into it, then there are other figures in the line better suited to you if you want complex transformations. This one is great for kids if you want a larger Optimus Prime that is easy to change.